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Frederick M. Alger Jr.
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United States Ambassador to Belgium

In office
May 26, 1953 – March 27, 1957
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded by Myron M. Cowen
Succeeded by John Clifford Folger
Michigan Secretary of State

In office
Governor Kim Sigler
G. Mennen Williams
Preceded by Herman H. Dignan
Succeeded by Owen J. Cleary
Personal details
Born (1907-08-03)August 3, 1907
Detroit, Michigan
Died January 7, 1967(1967-01-07) (aged 59)
Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Political party Republican
  • Suzette (m. 1929–63)
  • Katherine (m. 1963)
Military service
Allegiance  United States Navy
Battles/wars World War II

Frederick Moulton Alger Jr. (August 3, 1907 – January 7, 1967) was an American politician and diplomat.

Early life

Alger was born on August 3, 1907 to parents Frederick Moulton and Mary Eldridge Alger in Detroit, Michigan. He is a grandson of Russell A. Alger.[1]

Military career

Alger served in the United States Navy during World War II.[1]

Political career

Alger unsuccessfully ran for the position of United States Representative from Michigan's 14th District in 1936. He received 34.4% of the vote.[2] Alger served as the Michigan Secretary of State from 1947 to 1952. In 1950, Alger ran in the Michigan gubernatorial Republican primary unsuccessfully. Alger was the Republican nominee in the 1952 Michigan gubernatorial election, but was again unsuccessful.[1][3]

Diplomatic career

Alger was appointed to the position of United States Ambassador to Belgium by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on May 26, 1953. The presentation of his credentials occurred on July 22, 1953. The termination of mission occurred on March 27, 1957.[4]

Personal life

Alger married Suzette de Marigny Dewey in 1929. He was widowed in 1963. Later in the year, he married Katherine Sutton. Alger was a member of a number of organizations including the American Legion, the Elks, the Sons of the American Revolution, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Order of the World Wars, and was a Freemason. Alger was Presbyterian.[1]


Alger died on January 7, 1967 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Alger family of Michigan". The Political Graveyard. 
  2. "Statistic of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1936". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. 
  3. "Summary of Vote for Governor, 1835-2002". Michigan Legislature. 
  4. "Department History - Frederick Moulton Alger Jr. (1907–1967)". Office of the Historian. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Harry Kelly
Republican nominee for Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
Donald S. Leonard

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